CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs is setting aside $1 million to buy new personal protective equipment for firefighters known as “bunker gear.”

The gear typically consists of trousers, suspenders, boots, and a jacket to keeps firefighters safe from cancer-causing toxins and other dangers encountered on the job.

Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Chief Michael McNally said the gear needs to be replaced every 10 years based on national standards.

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And so, the City Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved for the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department to buy 17 sets of the gear this month, another 189 sets in the coming fiscal year, and an additional 190 sets in 2026 from Fisher Scientific, LLC in Waltham, Mass.

McNally said his staff spent a year researching vendors, negotiating prices, and assessing the quality of the gear based on thermal protection, comfort, flexibility, durability, and design.

 

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